Crew George Chernowski
Force Landed March 1, 1944
Built by Consolidated at a cost of $297,627. Acquired by the US Army under contract AC-26620 and delivered on July 21, 1943. Next, flown to Tucson, AZ for modification, then to Lincoln, Nebraska. Departed on a ferry flight overseas on August 23, 1943.
Assigned to the 5th Bombardment Group, 31st Bombardment Squadron and nicknamed "Snow Job" with nose art depicting a Hawaiian girl doing hula dance under a palm tree. This B-24 flew at least 32 combat missions and claimed at least two fighters shot down. Later, assigned to the 23rd Bombardment Squadron.
On March 1, 1944 took off from Munda Airfield on a bombing mission against Kahili Airfield. This bomber was one of 10 B-24s from the 5th BG, 23rd BS and 11 B-24s from 5th BG, 31st BS. Over the target, this B-24 was hit by anti-aircraft fire and damaged. Returning, this B-24 made an emergency landing
at Stirling Island. At the time, the airfield was under construction, and the plane was pushed off the
side of the runway.
Possibly pushed off the cliff at the end of the runway at the end of
the war, or may
have also been scrapped before or after the war. Officially, condemned due to accident on May 24, 1945.
Bob Moll (nephew of crew member George Chernowski):
"I may be wrong but I think the B-24 my Uncle was in is the very same one the crew flew from the States to the South Pacific. My records indicate my Uncles Crew arrived in the South Pacific in 13th of September 1943.The Aircraft Record Card also establishes it was sent to the South Pacific in August 1943 which matches up with the arrival in Sept after multiple stops along the way. When I interviewed the Pilot and Co-pilot a number of years ago they never mentioned a plane by the name of (“SNOW JOB” ) nor did indicate they were flying a “borrowed” plane."
Aircraft Status Card: B-24D Liberator 42-41230
Thanks to Bob Moll for additional information
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February 4, 2018